Today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. There is no better time than now to establish a smoking cessation program for your employee population.
It’s not news that cigarette smoking has massive societal repercussions. Moreover, It is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., and it’s estimated to cost the nation more than $300 billion per year. What is new is how the pandemic has raised the stakes for people who smoke—and for the companies that employ them. Smoking Cessation for employees is imperative today.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, smokers may be at increased risk of infection with the coronavirus and, if infected, could experience worse health outcomes. And, because more employees working from home, factors like increased stress and loneliness can make it harder to quit smoking or stay smoke-free.
Chances are many of your employees tried quitting before. And if they’re trying today, with all the challenges of life in a pandemic, it’s probably harder than ever. As an employer, you can give them a new opportunity for real change—new habits, a new mindset, and a new view of themselves – as a nonsmoker.
When your organization participates in our tobacco cessation program through our Healthy Ways® platform, your population has a better chance of quitting smoking for good because they don’t have to do it alone. In addition to content delivery and interactivity with the platform, they have access to, and support from, a Coach trained in tobacco cessation. This Coach helps them navigate challenges and set goals that work for specifically for them.
Whitepaper: Smoking Cessation During a Pandemic
This report provides insights into the elevated risk of COVID-19 for smokers and its effect on corporate bottom lines.
As COVID-19 lingers on, management teams across the country are struggling to keep their workforce safe while keeping productivity levels up. Wellness Coaches offers a comprehensive look into an overlooked workforce demographic in our new whitepaper. It’s called “Smoking Cessation During a Pandemic: A look at the medical and financial costs of smoking for people and organizations.”
QuitNet – Support for Employees
✔ Digital messaging and virtual coaching with professional tobacco cessation specialists through our Healthy Ways® digital platform
✔ Community support, facilitated by our Coaches and tobacco cessation specialists
✔ Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) fulfillment direct to the individual’s home
✔ Quit guides, recorded classes, and tools
✔ Engagement nudges via email, text, and the stop smoking daily pledge
In conclusion, companies striving to create a culture of wellbeing must offer a smoking cessation program. One that provides comprehensive, personalized support for employees wherever they are today. Combining professional counseling with FDA-approved medications can double the chances of quitting successfully. Additionally, telehealth services provide the flexibility employees need right now.
Most importantly, at Wellness Coaches we’ve seen firsthand that science-backed methods offer the greatest likelihood of success. Our cessation program, QuitNet, has helped more than 1.3 million clients stop using tobacco products. They do this with tried-and-true techniques backed by scientific research and field testing.